Rocks, Minerals and Their Properties
Garnet inclusions in a metamorphic specimen from Southbury, Connecticut. Garnet is the state mineral of Connecticut.

Grade Level: Grades 3 through 8
Science Content Standards: 3.1, 3.3, 7.3
Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2

Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of minerals and their properties, and learn ways to identify them using simple tests and observations.  These may include color, odor, hardness, luster, magnetism and transparency.  Igneous, sedimentary and metamophic rock types will also be introduced, including an understanding of how each is formed and where they can be found in Connecticut.  This hands-on program includes examples of rocks and minerals that students can examine.


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